Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 316a, Op. 4/6 ("La stravaganza" No. 6)

    Description by Aaron Rabushka

    Antonio Vivaldi's Opus Four consists of a collection of a dozen concertos for violin, string orchestra, and basso continuo. Owing to some unusual and sometimes daring melodic and harmonic twists it carries the title La Stravaganza (The Extravaganza). The solo music includes a lot of melodic cantabile flights and also a lot of figural passagework that often rises to a virtuosic level. The ensemble begins this concerto's opening Allegro with and earnest ritornello that features a rhythmically driven idea followed by a bit of sustained lyricism. The continuo sometimes imitates the violin in the first solo outing (which eventually shades into figural passage work), and all of the remaining solo outings are all figurally driven. In the subsequent Largo the soloist presents a concerned cantilena over a continuo accompaniment that features some intriguing melodic and harmonic turns, and the ensemble provides an interlude and a postlude in sustained chords. The ensemble begins the concluding Allegro with an earnest rhythmically driven ritornello that features some unusual harmonic progressions. The soloist first extends the mood of earnestness over accompaniment from the continuo and then proceeds to an airy figural passage that sails over the violins in the ensemble. The remaining three solo outings feature figural passagework for the soloist over punctuations from the continuo.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro
    2. Largo
    3. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2016
    Brilliant Classics
    95200BR
    2015
    Harmonia Mundi
    HMC 902221
    2015
    Brilliant Classics
    95043BR
    2012
    Archiv Produktion
    4790135
    2011
    Naïve
    OP 30530
    2011
    Newton Classics
    8802034
    2011
    Pan Classics
    PC 10251
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Brilliant Classics
    9198
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2009
    ECM / Ricercar
    288
    2006
    Decca
    0004757693
    2004
    Naïve
    30301
    2004
    Brilliant
    92389
    2003
    Channel Classics
    19503
    2003
    Channel Productions
    19598
    2002
    Disques Pierre Verany
    730028
    2001
    Tactus
    672216
    2000
    Symphonia
    175
    1999
    Naxos
    553323
    1995
    London
    444821
    Brilliant Classics
    93667/13
    Brilliant
    92389/13